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5 Days Market Calendar - Shan State

These markets are called "5 Day Markets" because the hill people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5 day period. They were here this day and people come from all over the lake to buy produce and other items. They come by boat and parking is scarce but somehow everyone manages to find their way in. The assortment of vegetables present was amazing, tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic, cheroots and more. And of course there were people selling lacquerware, Buddha statues, longyis and Shan bags to name a few. It was very good to get there first thing in the morning because we missed the tour groups who came later.

The 5-day rotating market around Inle Lake offers a good opportunity to meet many different local tribes.


The largest village on the Inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals. There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden piles driven into the lake bed. The main activity and attraction is at the floating market In the largest canal. It is to the North West of our hotel. By boat, it will take 15 minutes. The magnificent floating market is renowned. You can visit the goldsmith workshops, observe the sculpture and umbrella industries.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers. Once a year, in late September – early October, there is a pagoda festival during which, four of the five Buddha images tour around the lake in a colorful barge.


One of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th - 13th Centuries ago. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.

Mine Thauk Market

A large and bustling market where you can find a real local atmosphere with a variety of produce from the lake.

Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery

This is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. Aside from its collection of Buddhas the monastery may be of interest to visit because its monks have taught a few of the many cats living with them to jump through hoops.

Schedule of Market Day in Southern Shan State Tourist Zone


MONTHS - 2015

1 A B E A A B B C D D E E
2 B C A B B C C D E E A A
3 C D B C C D D E A A B B
4 D E C D D E E A B B C C
5 E A D E E A A B C C D D
6 A B E A A B B C D D E E
7 B C A B B C C D E E A A
8 C D B C C D D E A A B B
9 D E C D D E E A B B C C
10 E A D E E A A B C C D D
11 A B E A A B B C D D E E
12 B C A B B C C D E E A A
13 C D B C C D D E A A B B
14 D E C D D E E A B B C C
15 E A D E E A A B C C D D
16 A B E A A B B C D D E E
17 B C A B B C C D E E A A
18 C D B C C D D E A A B B
19 D E C D D E E A B B C C
20 E A D E E A A B C C D D
21 A B E A A B B C D D E E
22 B C A B B C C D E E A A
23 C D B C C D D E A A B B
24 D E C D D E E A B B C C
25 E A D E E A A B C C D D
26 A B E A A B B C D D E E
27 B C A B B C C D E E A A
28 C D B C C D D E A A B B
29 D X C D D E E A B B C C
30 E X D E E A A B C C D D
31 A X E X A X B C X D X E


A - Heho (approximately 2 miles from Heho Airport)
   - Taung To, Than Taung (on the store of Inle Lake)
   - Kyone (on the way of Aungban-Pindaya Rd.)
   - Losikaw (Kayah State)
B - Taunggyi , Aungban, Pinlaung (gate way to highway Rd.)
   - Inle Floating Market
C - Pwe Hla (gate way Pindaya), Phaung Daw Oo & Mine Taut (on the shore of Inle Lake)
D - Shwe Nyaung, Kalaw, Khaung Daing, Inndein (South west of Ywa Ma)
E - Nyaung Shwe (gateway to Inle Lake)
   - Pindaya (vicinity to Pindaya Caves)
   - Nam Pam, Sakar (on the store of Inle Lake)
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